the actor
Once upon a time…
Rayve Zen is a Los Angeles-based Singaporean-Chinese-American film, television and theater actor. After almost losing his life in a major traffic accident as a teenager, Rayve’s life has all been about making every moment count. He started as the frontman of a Singaporean rock outfit, Turn The Tap, before beginning his acting career with a children’s theater company Act 3 Theatrics. Rayve then decided to hone his craft by studying Musical Theater. In 2012, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Robert Wilson Watermill International Summer Program in New York. He played the charismatic Hanschen Rilow in the Pangdemonium’s 2012 production of “Spring Awakening” to critical acclaim. And, upon his return from the United States, he was cast in National Broadway Company, directed by acclaimed director Ong Keng Sen and featuring Singapore’s brightest young talents. In 2013, he snagged the romantic lead role Shi Jun Mai in the 2013 blockbuster musical Glass Anatomy alongside Chinese singing star, Della Ding Dang. On screen, he was first known to the public as the prominent face of the award-nominated KOKA Instant Noodles advertisement, which was soon followed by advertising campaigns for Garnier Men, Kit Kat, Harvey Norman, Heaven & Earth and Starhub. Rayve gained a Best Lead Actor Nomination in the 2012 FiRST Film Festival for “Paper Plane.“ Rayve played the prominent role of Sham the Adventure Boy in the hit children’s television series, CLUB M.A.G.I.C. He bagged the role of Inspector Lee Boon Ping in the Mediacorp crime series “Mata Mata” and struck a memorable impression with the Singaporean public audience. He then played the famously eccentric Singaporean lawyer, Josephus Tan, in the 2014 law series “Verdict”. Known for remarkable versatility and commitment to his craft, he added another notable character to his portfolio with his portrayal of Ang Mo Beng in the 2016 Sam Loh film “Siew Lup”
In 2014, he moved to be based in Hong Kong and China and in 2016, starred in the epic Chinese-Korean war movie “Azalea”, shot in Heilongjiang. In 2017, he made his first appearance in a major Hong Kong film in the leading box office success Shock Wave with Andy Lau and Jiang Wu. It was directed by prolific Hong Kong director Herman Yau. Bringing his likeable personality to the fore in a different capacity, he was the host of the 2018 documentary “What’s Your Art?” directed by acclaimed Russian director Maxim Bessmertny. He moved to be based in Los Angeles, California at the turn of the year in 2019. Rayve continues to create groundbreaking work and prove that, with purpose and confidence, one can succeed under any circumstances. He champions environmental sustainability and is passionate about supporting at-risk/disadvantaged youths.